To file under “news we’ve told you about before, but with a slight change”…
Way back in October of last year, before their amicable split, screenwriter Roberto Orci hinted that he and partner Alex Kurtzman were trying to envision of a way to bring all of the classic Universal monsters together to form a cohesive cinematic universe, not unlike what Marvel and DC have done.
Today, almost nine months later to the date, Deadline reports that Kurtzman and “The Fast and the Furious” producer Chris Morgan will be spearheading this effort going forward.
The first film in the series will be the upcoming reboot of The Mummy, which is already set for release on April 22, 2016.
Another title previously attached to this idea was a reboot of the “Van Helsing” franchise, which had Tom Cruise attached to the title role. What films would you like to see in the Universal Monster Cinematic Universe? Featuring the likes of Dracula, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein’s monster, The Wolfman, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Universal released countless films featuring these and many more monsters from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Though some of them did crossover in a number of films, namely Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and House of Dracula, there was never a longstanding narrative on this scale featuring the monsters previously.